Arguably the most popular blogging and website platform on the internet, WordPress, is a powerful and versatile program that is famed for its ease-of-use and simple installation procedures. As a free, open-source program, there are a huge variety of add-ons and extensions to WordPress that can help focus its use for what a user needs.
So once you have installed WordPress, what do you do next? This is a question many business owners ask once they get started. There are a few recommended tasks to do right off the bat which we have outlined below. These are basic housekeeping chores to keep your WordPress functioning well and organized.
Update title, tagline, and time zone
These are basic but vital steps to take, and they can all be done from the Administrator Dashboard in the WordPress interface. Set your title and time zone to whatever you’d like, and then include a tagline that says a few words about what the blog or forum is, why it’s been made, and who is in charge of it. While doing this, don’t forget to set a “favicon,” which is the small icon that appears next to the name of the website on a browser tab.
Delete unused themes and themes
WordPress comes with several generic themes when it is installed, and many more are available for installation on various web sites. However, themes and plugins are often still in development and require regular updates, which can be a needless chore if left installed. After deciding on a theme or plugin, delete the unused ones to free up space and keep your interface neat and orderly. This can be done by going to the Appearance menu, selecting the unwanted theme, and selecting the Theme Details menu to bring up a window with the delete button. For plugins, visit the Plugins tab.
Install a cache plugin
Caching is a process that takes stress off of a server by having users download information locally in a temporary folder. A cache plugin is a program that manages cached information on a website and helps prevent crashing during long load times. There are two main cache plugins that most WordPress users use – W3 Total Cache and WP Super Cache. WP Super Cache is easy to use and great for beginners. It has a simple interface and is easy to use and install. W3 Total Cache is a little more difficult to use, but is a more advanced program with greater options for customization and it can, overall, handle greater loads than the other.
Install an anti-spam plugin
Spam is useless, annoying, and drives users away from a site. It’s bad for SEO and gives a website an un-polished feel. Fortunately, there are several very good anti-spam plugins for WordPress including Akismet and Antispam Bee. Both are free and generally good options.
Optimize for social media
As a final touch, include plugins that link WordPress to other forms of social media including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and many others. These are widely available, easy to use, and give great visibility.
Following these simple steps after installing WordPress will allow for a more pleasant experience getting your site online. There are more steps that should happen later (such as adding content) but getting the basics completed is essential.
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Update: Now that you have installed WordPress and using it like a pro, make sure you don’t make these 9 WordPress common mistakes.